July 20, 2011
Not Theda Bara....but Betty Blythe
This is an interesting and rare clip, though it has been seen before, I believe. I checked with the man who knows more about CLEOPATRA (1917) than anyone else in the world: historian Philip Dye. He has assembled every known still photo, showing every known costume from the film. Philip says this clip is from THE QUEEN OF SHEBA (1921). This SHOULD have been a Theda Bara film, but Theda and Wm Fox fell out over money in 1919, and so Betty Blythe got to work with Theda's co-star from CLEO, and Theda's director. The entire film of THE QUEEN OF SHEBA is not known to survive... so this is a very interesting clip, but it's not CLEO and it's not Theda. Sorry, guys.